New website, new platform, new article formats, new society

2022-09-12

The editorial team of the Journal of Global Buddhism is happy to announce the launching the new website of the journal. The JGB was founded in 2000 as an eJournal and since then has published open access, freely available research articles, special focus issues, critical notes and book reviews. In order to make use of the newest digital options the editorial team has taken up a collaboration with the Shared Open Access Publishing Platform (SOAP2), an initiative of different Swiss universities and libraries. SOAP2 provides the publication platform for diamond open access journals.  With moving the journal to the new platform, we updated the design and features of the journal. The new platform offers additional features such as webinars in which we invite guest editors and authors to discuss 'special focus' issues. The webinar series will be launched in late-2022.

With the new journal platform, we have also been making improvements on our article production processes. From 2022 we are offering HTML versions of our articles in addition to PDFs. Although the PDF remains the dominant format in academia, increasingly people are reading articles on mobile devices, for which HTML is much more suitable. With a new article production workflow behind the scenes, we hope to soon offer EPUB (for viewing on e-readers) and XML (for data portability) formats.

In addition, in 2021 the editorial team founded a not-for-profit association, the Society for the Study of Global Buddhism, enabling us to accept donations in order to better fund our activities.

This is an exciting time for the JGB and we hope readers like the new design and new features as much as we do. We  would like to thank our authors and readers for their support of the Journal of Global Buddhism.